Erin Cook, MD

Erin Cook, MD

Fellowship Program Director, Associate Division Chief of Education

Erin Atkinson Cook was born and raised in Mountain View, California BEFORE Google moved to town. She attended Stanford University where she received a degree in Chemistry and minors in German Studies and Biology. She attended Medical School at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Cook did her Internal Medicine Residency at UCLA and was Chief Resident. It was during residency she found her passion for Geriatrics.

Nancy Weintraub, MD

Nancy Weintraub, MD

Assistant Director

Nancy Weintraub was born and raised on the island on Manhattan in the great City of New York. She attended college at Brown University and Medical School at New York University. She was a resident in Internal Medicine at Jacobi/Einstein in the Bronx and then completed her Geriatrics Fellowship at NYU. After Fellowship, Dr. Weintraub remained on the faculty at NYU in Medicine and Geriatrics until relocating to Los Angeles in 1992.

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Jennifer Ayala

Fellowship Program Manager
David B. Reuben, MD

David B. Reuben, MD

Division Chief

Dr. Reuben is Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Sciences. He is the Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care program.

Brandon K. Koretz, MD, MBA

Brandon K. Koretz, MD, MBA

Division Co-Chief

After graduating from the University of California Berkeley as a Psychology Major, Dr. Brandon Koretz attended UCSF for Medical School. Thereafter, he had the pleasure of returning to his home for Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine training and, eventually, an MBA at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. After joining the faculty in 2000, he has enjoyed a number of teaching and administrative responsibilities and currently serves as the Division Co-Chief.

Cathy Alessi, MD

Cathy Alessi, MD

Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Dr. Alessi is the Director of the VA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC). She is a Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she is also Associate Director of the Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, and her medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.

Fellowship Education Committee

Arun S. Karlamangla, MD

Arun S. Karlamangla, MD

Director of Journal Clubs & Clinical Supervisor

Arun Karlamangla, PhD, MD, received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and geriatrics, he brings doctoral training and years of teaching and experience in statistical signal processing.

Carl Burton, MD

Carl Burton, MD

Geriatric Hospitalist, Greater Los Angeles VA, Clinical Instructor, UCLA

Cal Burton is a Geriatric Hospitalist at the VA where he leads the acute geriatrics unit. He completed his undergraduate at the University of Maryland studying biology and Spanish and he completed medical school at Northwestern University. His residency training in internal medicine took him to UCLA where he also completed his geriatric fellowship. Dr. Burton has clinical interests in care for the older members of the LGBTQ community in addition to experience with global health in Latin America.

Steven C. Castle, MD

Steven C. Castle, MD

GRECC Clinical Director & Site Director, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Dr. Castle is Clinical Professor of Geriatric Medicine at UCLA, Clinical Director of Geriatrics at the VA Greater Los Angeles and was a Governor appointee to the California Commission on Aging from 2013-18. He is also the first physician certified as a FallPROOF!TM Instructor from Cal State Fullerton. His degrees are from Miami University and Ohio State School of Medicine. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Heather D’Adamo, MD

Heather D Adamo, MD

Staff Attending Physician, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Heather D’Adamo, MD is a member of the Fellowship Education Committee and a staff attending at the Community Living Center, the VA Nursing home in West Los Angeles. She has a long standing interest in Medical education design, having served as Representative to her medical school Curriculum Committee and to FEC while in Fellowship. She is also currently the Chair of the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine Education committee.

Susan Leonard, MD

Susan Leonard, MD

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Medical Center SNF Director, Geriatric Fellowship Program

Susan D. Leonard is a board- certified physician and clinician-educator in Geriatrics at UCLA. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed her internal medicine residency at UC Davis. A native of Los Angeles, she returned and completed her geriatrics fellowship at UCLA and joined the Geriatrics division thereafter. Her clinical practice balances outpatient and inpatient work, with the majority of her practice now focusing on post-acute and nursing home care.

Katherine Ward, MD

Katherine Ward, MD

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Site Director, Harbor UCLA

Katie Ward is the Chief of General Internal Medicine and the Director of Geriatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She attended college at UCSD and completed medical school at St. Louis University. She also trained at OHSU for Internal Medicine and UCLA for Geriatric Fellowship. Prior to coming to Harbor-UCLA she practiced at UCLA in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. Teaching (*medicine and geriatrics) is her passion.

Valerie S. Wong, MD

Valerie S. Wong, MD

Clinical Instructor, Geriatric Extensivist

Valerie Wong was born and raised in the bay area before attending college at Brown University earning a degree in Neuroscience. After completing a few years of translational science research in Central Nervous System Lymphoma at UCSF, she went on to attend Stony Brook University for medical school. She then completed her internal medicine residency at UC Davis in Sacramento and worked briefly as a hospitalist at the VA in Sacramento before completing her Geriatrics fellowship at UCLA.